Andy Ruiz Jr. Says Extreme Weight Loss Won’t Affect His Power

Published 05/01/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Former unified champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., has undergone a serious transformation, getting rid of his body fat ahead of a massive return against Chris Arreola on May 1. ‘Destroyer’ is no longer out of a fighting shape and appears more confident than ever before.

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While several fans had doubted his power due to the extreme weight loss, ‘The Destroyer’ revealed why it wouldn’t be a problem. Honed at Eddy Reynoso’s Team Canelo, the Mexican star has trained with umpteen world champions. Given the work put in, he seems to have resurrected himself as a prime heavyweight contender.

Ahead of the fight, he said, “I am more fast. I am more explosive, I could move around more. Bob and weave, counterpunch, you know and you know. Before I used to have this big gut and I couldn’t move around.”

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“Or, I couldn’t really throw my punches right. So, at this weight, I have been doing everything right. Everything correct. So, I am just excited to see how I feel inside the ring on May 1,” said Andy Ruiz Jr.

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On bagging a win, Ruiz Jr. will enter the mix for another world title shot and advance himself in the prevailing ride. Although there are several mandatory challengers and relevant contenders in the mix, Andy Ruiz Jr. can rightfully seal his spot amongst them. Meanwhile, Chris Arreola is a legitimate threat to his dream and can be ‘The Nightmare’ to the 31-year-old.

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Both the Mexican heavyweight boxers have been former sparring partners and have trained with each other for a brief period. So, they are very well aware of each other’s prowess. Adding to that, their journeys have been different.

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Chris Arreola has been a professional for a long time. When Ruiz Jr. entered the ride, ‘The Nightmare’ was already an elite. However, they have crossed paths once again as rivals and both men have their own plans. Arreola seems to be in his last run for the world title; Ruiz Jr. is standing on his way.

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All these unique features cite an interesting matchup ahead. What do you make of Ruiz Jr’s comments on his new physique ahead of the bout?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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